Nothing attracts customers and welcomes employees more than a stunning commercial landscape and health shade trees. However, a commercial property will only thrive and remain healthy if there is nutrient-rich topsoil to nourish grass, plants, and trees. When soil is removed from the property due to high winds or water runoff, it can leave the soil depleted and make plants, grass, and trees more vulnerable to diseases and death. But if you suspect your commercial property is suffering from soil erosion, what can be done to reduce and reverse the effects? In today’s blog post, we’ll look at three ways to reduce soil erosion and protect the health, beauty, and value of your commercial property.
To begin, it’s important to know the warning signs of soil erosion, since early detection is key to preserving the life of your grass, plants, and trees. When soil erodes over time, it leaves behind bare sections of land, exposes tree and plant roots, and the soil can become hard and dry with deep grooves due to the extreme lack of moisture. If left untreated, soil erosion will destroy the health of the property, making it hard for plants, grass and trees to gain water even from heavy rainfall. Here are three ways you can prevent or reduce the effects of soil erosion:
Add Plants and Grass
When a commercial property is at risk of experiencing soil erosion, a good first step to reduce and prevent further erosion is to add plants, grass, and young trees. Planting trees, gardens and grass not only add beauty to the commercial property, but they also help block the natural runoff of soil caused by heavy rainwaters or strong winds. Plus, the process of adding plants, grass, or trees will normally require the soil to be well watered and tilled in order to help the new additions grow well.
Level The Landscape
Another solution to a soil erosion problem is leveling the landscape to reduce slopes and uneven elevations. When a commercial property has many sloped areas, it can cause the soil to erode even faster from normal rainfall or winds. In addition, uneven commercial properties can experience both soil erosion as well as overwatering since rainfall or water from irrigation systems can flow too fast in some areas, and drain poorly in others. A level commercial landscape surface gives grass, plants, and trees the best chance to grow and thrive throughout the year.
The installation of a retaining wall or natural barrier can greatly reduce soil erosion caused by excess runoff or winds over time. Retaining walls or natural barriers such as hedges can be a dual-purpose solution by providing additional privacy or security for a commercial property, as well becoming a positive focal point for the property. The investment of a retaining wall can pay off with a multitude of immediate and long-term benefits for commercial property owners.
If you are concerned that your commercial property is experiencing the effects of soil erosion or poor soil health, contact the commercial landscape experts at LMC today. LMC’s team of Landscape Professionals can assess your current property and soil health, and take corrective measures to improve soil health and revitalize your commercial property. Services include soil analysis, soil aeration, irrigation installation, landscape leveling and enhancements, and retaining wall installation. LMC also offers top-quality tree services, landscape maintenance, and seasonal landscape garden care throughout the year, for commercial properties and industrial lots of all sizes. Contact LMC today for more information, or go online to request a free consultation.